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Orbits and orbitals

  1. May 24, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    describe one way in which orbits are similar and two ways in which they are different

    2. Relevant equations
    3. The attempt at a solution
    the differences:
    first, the orbital is a 3-dimensional volume of space where the probability of finding some electron is very probable
    The orbit, on the other hand, is 2-dimensional (a circle) and comes from Bohr's model.
    the similarity:
    an orbit is a path an electron takes around an atom and the orbital is shape resulting in the combination of all probable orbits
  2. jcsd
  3. May 24, 2010 #2
    is this correct or anything that should be changed?
  4. May 24, 2010 #3
    i think in general you are correct.
    Orbit: revolving path of electron around nucleus.
    Orbital: may be a 3D space (surface, or volume).
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